Delayed-Onset Food Allergies*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D In 1906, Clemens Von Pirquet, M.D., the noted Austrian pediatrician, coined the term allergy from the Greek “allos” (meaning changed or altered state) and “ergon” (meaning reaction or reactivity) to describe patients with excessive physiologic responses to substances in their environment. Currently, 50 million Americans suffer from allergies on a yearly…

Some Natural Medicines May Alter Laboratory Test Results*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Practitioners that use natural medicine will freely admit that “just because it’s natural doesn’t make it safe.” It is logical that, because 25–33 percent of conventional prescription medicines originated from natural sources, certain extracts may also have side-effects. Philosophically, some people might argue that there is a difference between an isolated substance used in the form of…

Adrenal Fatigue – Enhancing Quality of Life for Patients with a Functional Disorder *

Published in: ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES—OCTOBER 2002 Authors: Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Wayne A. Centrone, N.D., A.T.-C. The human organism is bombarded with an incredible variety of stresses at any given time. Stress can be categorized in an equally dizzying number of ways. There are both chronic and acute stressors. There are somatic stressors…

Hormone Profiling and Healthful Diet Cornerstones for Female Hormonal Health*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Even in the new millennium, with all its technology and broad dissemination and free flow of information, many busy clinicians are still performing the same diagnostic hormonal workups that have been conducted for decades. Frequently, a few specific datapoints are targeted, such as follicle stimulating hormone and luteinizing hormone (LH) or estradiol and progesterone. Yet, primary care practitioners have all been…

Natural Remedies for Promoting Skin Health*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Elizabeth Wagner, N.D. The skin is susceptible to many diseases and disorders. Skin disorders may be external manifestations of systemic illness. One example is the butterfly rash of systemic lupus erythematosus. Other skin conditions reflect topical exposure reactions, arising from localized responses. Skin disorders have a wide range of etiologies, ranging from infection (e.g., scabies, ringworm)…

Natural Health Complete Guide to Safe Herbs: What Every Consumer Should Know About Interactions and Side Effects for Hundreds of Herbs, Drugs, Supplements, and Foods

Herbs can be a powerful path to healing if used in the right combinations with man-made medications, vitamins, and minerals, and with other herbs and healthy foods. But their potent ability to heal can become downright dangerous when used with out care. The Complete Guide to Safe Herbs provides detailed information on the right way…

Alternative and Complementary Approaches to Treating Common Ocular Disorders Part 2—Retinopathy and Macular Degeneration*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Wayne Centrone N.D., A.T.C. In Part 1 of this article (see ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES 8:17–22, 2002), natural therapeutic approaches for treating cataracts and glaucoma were reviewed. We concluded that it is best, first and foremost, to protect complex ocular structures against damage, using natural methods and that provision of treatment is necessary when protection fails. Part 2 covers diabetic…

Rheumatoid Arthritis Etiology and Naturopathic Treatments*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Ben Bramwell Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex, multifactorial disease that affects approximately 1 percent of the United States population. Across all age groups, RA predominates in females over males in a ratio of 2–3:1, although, in reproductive years, the ratio may be as high as 5:1. 1 Within joints, the autoimmune mediated course of RA is…